After twenty years at Heart & Stroke, Mary retired in early 2018 from the position of Chief Mission and Research Officer. In this role Mary provided strategic leadership for H&S annual investment of close to $30 million in heart disease and stroke research. Her portfolio also included advocacy and health policy, prevention and promote recovery initiatives. Her previous position was executive director, Ontario Mission, with a mandate to advocate, engage communities and partner with healthcare providers and government to advance the health of Ontarians. Mary also provided staff leadership advocating for the highly successful Ontario Stroke System.
Mary has 50 years of experience in public policy, planning and community development. She was chief of staff to Ruth Grier, then Ontario’s minister of health, and also served as director of allocations and community services at the United Way of Greater Toronto. Mary’s earlier experience includes senior coordinator for the North York Inter-agency Council and community and family service worker with the Children’s Aid Society.
Mary graduated from University of Toronto with a BA in history and master’s degree in social work. She and her husband Bruce have three children and four grandchildren. Traveling with each grandchild is perhaps her favourite pastime.